Happy Monday Everyone!
Here is a new edition to our Kids Love Kids series! Pictured below is Melanie, her goats and her brother! Adorable.
Parents, please feel free to send us your Kids Love Kids pictures! helena [at] goatshowdoc [dot] com
There’s no doubt about it – kids love kids! Goat kids, I mean. Let’s just say that my little caprine friends significantly elevated my social status in my elementary school days. Youngsters would flock to my family’s home for a chance to play with our baby Saanens and my mom would even bring them into the classroom a few times a year. It seems to be that like many other things, people only start to dislike goats or think they’re “gross” or “dirty” when they’re adults. Clearly the kids know what’s up!
I was reminded of this goat phenomenon recently when came across some great pictures from Minter Bay Dairy Goats on their Facebook page. Minter Bay has hosted 4th grade and Kintergarden classes to promote the goat! I requested permission to post the pictures on our blog and they said yes, so here they are for you all to enjoy!
If you have any great Kid + Kid pictures you want to share, please email them to helena [at] goatshowdoc [dot] com and I’ll post them on this blog!
Here are the last of Julian’s favorite Redwood Hill pics. As always, click on each photo to see a larger version.
Adorable little Saanen!
Thank you Redwood Hill!
Meet Cora Belle, an adorable new caprine sponsor, and her baby granddaughter. Look at those beautiful spots and blue eyes! Only in Nigerian Dwarfs!
Cora Belle and her granddaughter live on Minter Bay Farm with their owner Wendy. Wendy says: “I have a small farm in Western Washington where we raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We participate in ADGA shows and DHIA milk testing and Cora Belle is milking some very impressive numbers. We would love to go to the Nationals but I promised Cora Belle at a show that if she won I wouldn’t drag her to another show again. She hates leaving the farm and Colorado is too far and I must stick to my end of the bargain since she did her part We breed for conformation and milk, but also feel like color is important in this colorful breed, so why not try for all three? And who doesn’t like blue eyes?“
Too true! These goats are adorable.
Yesterday, Mom and I also made a visit to Marilou Webb of South Fork Lamanchas. Marilou has some of the best Lamanchas in the nation, and frequently wins big at goat shows. This spring, Marilou has FORTY-NINE kids and counting! She still milks all her does by hand and hand-raises all the kids. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
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The Lamancha is the only major breed of dairy goat that originated in the U.S! Lamanchas were first bred by in Oregon by Eula Fay Frey.
Lamanchas are one of the most easily recognizable breeds of goat because they appear to have no ears! Don’t worry- they can hear just like any other goat. There are two types of Lamancha ear: Gopher (less than one inch of cartilage) and Elf (maximum 2 inches of cartilage, turned up or down). Gopher ears are preferred (as seen above).
Lamanchas come in every color known to goats and can have spots, stripes or no pattern at all
The name “Lamancha” comes from the earless goats from La Mancha, Spain first exhibited at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1904
Only male goats (bucks) with “Gopher” ears are able to be registered because it is possible to breed the short ears out of Lamanchas by using elf-eared bucks and elf-eared does
Lamanchas are known for their high milk production
Lamanchas have very calm and loving personalities
Dairy goats are tattooed in each ear to be registered and identified by ADGA. Because Lamanchas do not have external ears, they are tattooed on the left and ride fleshy sides of their tails instead!
Like the Nubian goat, Lamanchas have high butterfat in their milk
Pictured above: Cate, an old goat with a goofy, toothy grin
To find out more information about Lamanchas, visit the American Lamancha Club website: http://www.lamanchas.com/
Thank you Marilou for sharing your goats with us! To find more information about Marilou’s herd, visit http://www.southforklamanchas.com/
Hey Friends, Family and Followers!
I’m touring Colorado for the next two days visiting a variety of goat owners to see their newborn baby kids! My first stop was Libby George of Monument, CO and her herd of Oberhasli’s. Oberhasli’s are less-common, but Libby’s goats sure are exemplary of the breed. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Stay tuned this coming week for videos of her goats!
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Like many dairy goat breeds, including the Saanen, Alpine and Toggenburg, the Oberhasli originated in Switzerland
Until the 1980′s, Oberhasli’s were considered part of the Alpine breed
The reddish-brown Oberhasli color is called “chamoisee.”
Oberhasli’s are known for their quiet, calm demeanor
Oberhasli’s are generally shorter than most of the dairy breeds (excluding Nigerian Dwarf’s, of course)
The Oberhasli coat color is a dominant trait. Breed an Oberhasli to another goat and you will have an Oberhasli-colored baby
Oberhasli milk is not very high in butterfat but has a sweet, fine-flavored taste
You can find more information about Oberhasli’s at the Oberhasli Breeders of America website: http://oberhasli.net/
Thank you Libby for letting us visit your herd!
A few quick updates on Goat Show Doc’s progress:
1) Trevor and I shot our Kickstarter Video on Friday and I just finished editing it this morning. I will submit our Kickstarter project tonight and hopefully it will launch by the end of the week! Stay tuned for more information. Here’s a iPhone picture of Trevor and I right after we finished shooting it:
2) Goat Show Doc has arranged its first interviews! We are making a trip in April to visit Jennifer and Scott Bice of Redwood Hill and Jack and Pinky Hawes of Laurelwood. Expect lots of pictures and some fun video clips.
3) I booked my flight to Colorado for March 20th – 22nd. My family’s goats have recently kidded and I want to get some great footage for promos and the feature. Few things are cuter than baby goats!
Hopefully next time I post our Kickstarter will have launched!